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Partnership Program January 2011 Bidding

Date: January 5, 2011
Type: AFA Article

See also: Partnership Program Packet (.pdf)
See also: Partnership Q and A

The Partnership Flying Program was negotiated by AFA in an effort to further reduce the need for involuntary furloughs.  The current partnership program was implemented on August 31, 2010. Many of our flying partners have taken advantage of the flexibility of the program and helped save the jobs of others who might have been impacted by an involuntary furlough. 

We are pleased to announce that United has agreed to continue the partnership program for another 6-month period, based on domicile need and cost effectiveness of the program in the aggregate.  The current partnership program ends on March 1, 2011, and a new bid of partnerships will commence on January 6, 2011.

You must find a partner to bid with to participate in the program.  If you are looking for a partner, you may use the POSTRD option in Unimatic, and likewise if you are looking for a partner, you may search via TRDBRD.  All current partnerships will need to be re-bid if you wish to participate in the program for another six months.

Direct link to Partnership Bid Page >

Summary of the Partnership Program:

  • Partners must be based at the same domicile.
  • Partnerships will be awarded based on the seniority of the senior partner.
  • Line awards will be based on the seniority of the junior partner.
  • Participants must possess the same aircraft qualifications.
  • Purser and non-purser qualified Flight Attendants can partner, however, they cannot bid a purser line.
  • Language qualified Flight Attendants can partner with a non-language or another language, however, they cannot bid a language line.  Partnerships may be formed between Flight Attendants with the same language qualification.
  • Domestic and IST qualified Flight Attendants may partner, however they must bid a domestic line.
  • Partners will be compensated at their own rate of pay.  Sick leave and vacation will accrue at one half of the contractual rates.

Partnership Program Bidding & Award

Jan 6

Partnership Program bid period opens at 0800 Central Time.

Jan 26

Partnership Program bid closes at 0800 Central Time.

Jan 27

Partnership Program awarded by 1700 Central Time.

Mar 2

Fourth Six-Month Partnership Program begins.

Refer to the January 5, 2011 artnership Program for Flight Attendants package for complete details about the program including bidding information.

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